The mission of African American Graphic Designers is to: spotlight, connect and encourage African American / Black Graphic Designers and visual communicators in the African American / Black Creative Community. Through Feb. 19, Boston University’s Stone Gallery will reframe graphic design curricula all over the country with “As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes.” This historical survey celebrates African American graphic designers who are rarely included in courses or conversations about the medium. Celina Colby is an arts and travel reporter with a fondness for Russian novels.... ‘As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes’ at BU's Stone Gallery PHOTO: TONY LUONG, Transit activists protest MBTA service cuts, Alexandra Oliver-Dávila is new School Committee chair, Biden’s first-100-days challenge: Transitioning to a more inclusive economy, Somi Kakoma’s short film ruminates on isolated artmaking, Regina Carter mixes music and politics in 'Swing States: Harmony in the Battleground', ‘Still Here’ screen art series plumbs race, isolation and catharsis, baystatebanner.com © 1965-2020 The Bay State Banner. I think most of us don’t really question who we’re learning about and why we’re learning about them.”. Du Bois, Pen & Pixel, Buddy Esquire, Emory Douglas and Eugene Winslow are also included. “When it came to designing the exhibition, we were definitely taking that into consideration,” she says. Get access to a personalized news feed, our newsletter and exclusive discounts on everything from shows to local restaurants, All for free. Graphic design, after all, is about communicating a message effectively. If you are an aa/black creative desiring partnership & collaboration or a potential client needing assistance with a creative project, please DM us on Facebook. We mentor through work. spotlight, connect and encourage African American / Black Graphic Designers and visual communicators in the African American / Black Creative Community. Through Feb. 19, Boston University’s Stone Gallery will reframe graphic design curricula all over the country with “As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes.” This historical survey celebrates African American graphic designers who are rarely included in courses or conversations about the medium. African ‘Trial 4’ documentary highlights plight of the wrongfully convicted, Mattapan residents mapping history, future. Ferrari says, “For people who wouldn’t be able to come in, they get a slice of the show.”. But it was assistant professor of graphic design Mary Yang and a group of graphic design students who brought the show to life and applied the material to the Boston University community. As a designer of the African diaspora, African-Jamaican-Canadian, the importance of knowing those who paved the way for African-American graphic designers, for the truth of all history, cannot be understated. They did so by utilizing the gallery’s large windows to provide information and artwork that’s viewable from the street. Currently the physical show is only open to Boston University students and faculty, but there’s quite a bit of information accessible from the street and in the windows of the Stone Gallery, and a virtual tour of the exhibition will be live within a month. “There are longer impacts we wanted the show to have,” says Ferrari. Designers. The students hope that the show will cause people to consider other areas where Black participants may be left out of the story. Participating students were able to flex their own graphic design muscles while creating signage for the exhibition, both for COVID-19 practices and to provide context and information about each artist. “It’s about inserting these artists into the conversation where they always should have been.”. Graphic PHASE 2’s work quickly grew from marketing materials to artworks, drawing inspiration from art deco, comic books and his artistic roots in graffiti. Junior Ashlie Dawkins says, “To see the work of African American designers and to know that they were there and they were contributing to the overall culture is really important. The show features work by artists like PHASE 2, a graffiti artist turned graphic designer who began making promotional materials for art events in the South Bronx during the 1970s. ‘As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes’ at BU’s Stone Gallery PHOTO: TONY LUONG. American Reporting on Boston’s urban beat since 1965. Among other artists, W.E.B. AAGD Mission. The show was researched and curated by Jerome Harris, a graphic designer, educator and curator out of New Haven, Connecticut. While we’re building content, squaring up business and completing client work, you can catch most of our activity here: Junior Gabriela Ferrari says they thought a lot about how the pandemic would affect accessibility. Our mission is to connect, encourage, and employ African American/Black Graphic Designers and Visual Communicators. Although these designers changed the way graphic design is seen, we did not see graphic designers from the African diaspora proudly presented and applauded. Members get access to a personalized news feed, Through Feb. 19, Boston University’s Stone Gallery will reframe graphic design curricula all over the country with “. With that in mind let’s now celebrate *African American graphic designers who have left an indelible mark on the field. While we’re building content, squaring up business and completing client work, you can catch most of our activity here: If you’re interested in hearing about what we have planned or want to be a part of the group, please DM us on Facebook. The mission of African American Graphic Designers is to: